Cortland Men’s Soccer headed into the weekend looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season at New Paltz a week prior. The first of the two games was against SUNY Potsdam which saw Kiernan Kirby make his first start of the season for the Red Dragons. The goalkeeper would go on to make two saves in his Red Dragon debut.
Nearing halftime in Friday’s game, Jake Keller and Miguel Tunas grabbed a pair of goals in as many minutes. Tunas opened the scoring with a strike from distance. After Potsdam’s attempted clearance fell to the captain outside of the penalty area, the midfielder made no mistake volleying home the opener from distance.
Jake Keller followed that up with a goal of his own just 23 seconds later. The goal marked his eighth consecutive match with a goal. After receiving a pass from Migell Ormsby, Cortland’s #7 was though on goal and made no mistake from close range. Keller now has 10 goals on the season which leads the Red Dragons.
Potsdam came out in the second half looking like an improved team but did not have enough to complete the comeback. The Bears did however grab a goal in the 61st minute after a pair of blocked shots eventually fell to the feet of a Potsdam player who put the ball in the back of the net. Cortland would go on to win the game 2-1 to improve their record to 9-1-2 (W-L-T).
Saturday’s affair against Plattsburgh also ended with the Red Dragons picking up three points. Sean Kelly’s return between the goalposts gave him another shutout bringing his season total to 8, just one behind the lead for all of NCAA Divison III, and Migell Ormsby grabbed two goals in a 2-0 win.
After a scoreless first half, Ormsby grabbed the opening goal at the hour mark with a curled effort around a diving Plattsburgh goalkeeper. An insurance goal came from the forward in the 82nd minute when his left-footed shot flew just inside of the far post. The brace gave Ormsby his fifth goal of the season and Cortland their 10th win of the season.
SUNYAC games continue next weekend as the Red Dragons prepare to host Fredonia, and Buffalo State with the former making the visit on Friday, and the latter’s meeting set for Saturday.
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